Cambridge Health Alliance

Cambridge Health Alliance is an academic community health care system committed to serving all members of our communities. We have expertise in primary care, mental health and substance abuse, and caring for diverse and complex populations. CHA patients receive high quality care in convenient neighborhood locations, and have seamless access to advanced care through CHA’s affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. With over 140,000 patients in Cambridge, Somerville Everett and Boston’s Metro North, CHA is working hard to offer the integrated services its communities need now, and in the future.

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  • Técnicas para melhorar a memória de pessoas com depressão

    Técnicas para melhorar a memória de pessoas com depressão

    7/16/2019

    Por Kerry Mello , Gerente de Projeto de Mindfulness no Ambiente de Trabalho Todo mundo tem episódios de esquecimento – quando você não consegue encontrar seus óculos ou lembrar o nome da pessoa à sua frente, mesmo quando está na p...

  • Health benefits of gardening

    Health benefits of gardening

    7/15/2019

    By Kerry Mello , Workplace Mindfulness Project Manager Gardening – tending flowers, fruits, vegetables and even weeds, has lasting benefits for our bodies, minds and souls.  In fact, your mother's advice not to play in the di...

  • It's time to go for a bike ride!

    It's time to go for a bike ride!

    7/8/2019

    By CHA's Chief of Family Medicine Laura Sullivan , MD Summer is here! One of my favorite outdoor activities, especially during the warmer months of the year, is to commute from Boston on my bike. Biking is an excellent way to get ...

  • Benefícios da jardinagem para a saúde

    Benefícios da jardinagem para a saúde

    7/4/2019

    Por Kerry Mello , Gerente de Projeto de Mindfulness no Ambiente de Trabalho A jardinagem – cuidar de flores, frutas, hortaliças e até mesmo de ervas daninhas – traz benefícios duradouros para o corpo, a mente e a alma. Na verdade,...

  • Techniques to improve memory for people with depression

    Techniques to improve memory for people with depression

    6/30/2019

    By Kerry Mello , Workplace Mindfulness Project Manager Everyone has bouts of forgetfulness – when you can’t find your glasses or recall the name of the person in front of you, even though it’s right on the tip of your tongue. But ...

  • June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

    June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

    6/20/2019

    By Geriatrician  Matthew T. Corey , MD Did you know that nearly 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease ? By 2050, that number is projected to rise to 14 million . No matter our family or personal situation, each and eve...

  • Swallowing difficulties impact many

    Swallowing difficulties impact many

    6/17/2019

    By Krista Healy, Speech Pathologist Swallowing disorders impact between 300,000 - 600,000 people across the United States each year and the effect on daily life can be severe. It is critical that individuals understand the treatme...

  • Junho é o Mês de Conscientização do Alzheimer e de Doenças do Cérebro

    Junho é o Mês de Conscientização do Alzheimer e de Doenças do Cérebro

    6/15/2019

    Artigo do geriatra Dr. Matthew T. Corey Você sabia que quase 5 milhões de americanos têm a doença de Alzheimer ? Até 2050, esse número deverá aumentar para 14 milhões . Qualquer que seja a nossa situação familiar ou pessoal, todos...

  • Coping with allergy season

    Coping with allergy season

    6/12/2019

    Another harsh New England winter has thankfully come to an end. As the colder time of year comes to a close, allergy season is right around the corner. Itchy and watery eyes, runny noses, coughing and sneezing, and pollen make for...

  • Unclutter your health!

    Unclutter your health!

    6/5/2019

    By Maia Dolphin-Krute, Volunteer Health Advisor, Cambridge Health Alliance Spring is here! This time of year offers a perfect moment to stop and enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful flowers budding, like tulips and daffodils. It’s...

  • A faxina de primavera chegou!

    A faxina de primavera chegou!

    6/2/2019

    Por Lou Ann Bruno-Murtha , DO, Chefe de Divisão, Departamento de Doenças Infecciosas da CHA À medida que o tempo começar a esquentar nas próximas semanas, as pessoas em todo o país vão entrar no espírito da faxina e começar a exec...

  • Asthma 101

    Asthma 101

    5/29/2019

    Asthma is one of the most common diseases that affect the lungs. Alexander White , MD, our chief of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, shares some helpful tips on how to treat asthma and deal with asthma attacks. When yo...

  • Dining out with Celiac Disease

    Dining out with Celiac Disease

    5/24/2019

    By Rebecca Toutant, MA, RD, LDN, CDE, cPT May is Celiac Awareness Month. In celiac disease, the immune system reacts to gluten and the reaction may cause short and long-term problems. The treatment is to avoid all foods and produc...

  • Better Hearing and Speech Month

    Better Hearing and Speech Month

    5/20/2019

    By Krista Healy, SLP, Sophie Lehar, SLP and Ellen Bachrach, SLP With speech, language and swallowing disorders common following stroke, head and neck cancer, and a variety of other illnesses and injuries in adults, CHA Speech-Lang...

  • Maio é o mês de conscientização sobre o acidente vascular cerebral (AVC)

    Maio é o mês de conscientização sobre o acidente vascular cerebral (AVC)

    5/15/2019

    Por Shruti Sonni , MD, médica neurologista da CHA Você sabia que a cada ano mais de 795.000 pessoas sofrem um AVC nos Estados Unidos? 610.000 desses incidentes ocorrem pela primeira vez com a pessoa. O AVC é a principal causa de i...

  • May is Stroke Awareness Month

    May is Stroke Awareness Month

    5/13/2019

    By CHA Neurology Physician Shruti Sonni , MD Did you know that each year more than 795,000 people suffer from a stroke across the United States? 610,000 of these incidents are the first time someone has a stroke. Stroke is the dom...

  • Arrume sua saúde!

    Arrume sua saúde!

    5/12/2019

    De Maia Dolphin-Krute, Conselheira de Saúde Voluntária, Cambridge Health Alliance A primavera chegou! Esta época do ano é um momento perfeito para pararmos e aproveitarmos o ar livre e as lindas flores desabrochando, como tulipas ...

  • Spring Cleaning is Here!

    Spring Cleaning is Here!

    5/7/2019

    By Lou Ann Bruno-Murtha , DO, Division Chief, CHA Infectious Diseases As the weather starts to warm over the coming weeks, people across the country get in the cleaning spirit and begin tackling projects, big and small, around the...

  • Fresh produce for local communities

    Fresh produce for local communities

    5/2/2019

    By Renee Cammarata Hamilton , Director, Health Improvement Team, CHA, Stacey Robert , Farmer Dave’s and Rebecca Toutant , Wellness Manager, CHA For the eighth year in a row, Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is teaming up with Farme...

  • Mês da Conscientização sobre o Estresse

    Mês da Conscientização sobre o Estresse

    4/24/2019

    Por Jessi Somogie , Research and Programs Volunteer, CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Imagine o seguinte: Você ficou abalado(a) com a notícia do divórcio de seus pais e se sente exausto(a). Você chega atrasado(a) para a a...

  • It's Youth Sports Month!

    It's Youth Sports Month!

    4/20/2019

    By Nick Wilson, Ambulatory Rehab and Sports Medicine Manager April is National Youth Sports Month. With warmer weather on the way, it’s a great time to think about how our kids can prepare to play this season. As a Physical Therap...

  • Vamos passar tempo juntos!

    Vamos passar tempo juntos!

    4/17/2019

    Por Maddie Freeman , MSW, LCSW, Assistente Social Clinica, Planejamento de Serviços para Idosos CHA As pesquisas são claras — a socialização de adultos mais velhos melhora a saúde e também permite que você viva mais. " Se você con...

  • Autism Awareness Month

    Autism Awareness Month

    4/14/2019

    By Laura Gaugh, PsyD , Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Child Outpatient Psychiatric Services, and Lee Robinson, MD , Child Psychiatrist, Child Outpatient Services Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are developmental disabilities that af...

  • Stress Awareness Month

    Stress Awareness Month

    4/5/2019

    By Jessi Somogie , Research and Programs Volunteer, CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Imagine this: You have been struck with news of your parents' divorce and feel exhausted. You arrive late to class, your professor calls...

  • Conselhos sobre saúde e segurança de adolescentes para pais

    Conselhos sobre saúde e segurança de adolescentes para pais

    4/4/2019

    Por Greg Hagan, médico , Chefe do Departamento de Pediatria Todos nos lembramos (espera-se) como era ser um adolescente: sentir-se invencível sem ser sobrecarregado com os desafios da vida adulta. Nossa maior preocupação geralment...

  • Let's spend time together!

    Let's spend time together!

    3/31/2019

    By Maddie Freeman , MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker, CHA Elder Service Plan The research is loud and clear — socialization as an older adult improves health and lets you live longer, too. " If you stay connected, you have a bett...

  • Eggs...friend or foe?

    Eggs...friend or foe?

    3/17/2019

    By Rebecca Toutant , Wellness Manager Eggs are up for debate because they have dietary cholesterol. However, the cholesterol we eat does not necessarily raise blood cholesterol for most people. The balance of fat you eat play a mu...

  • One year of the Recovery Coach program

    One year of the Recovery Coach program

    3/11/2019

    Submitted by Randi Sokol , MD, MPH, MMedEd, a physician at the CHA Malden Family Medicine Center and director of faculty development and the pain/addictions curriculum for the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency at CHA "I r...

  • Mãe luta para realizar sonhos olímpicos da filha

    Mãe luta para realizar sonhos olímpicos da filha

    3/7/2019

    O alarme toca às 22:30 na segunda-feira à noite, e Eliana se levanta da cama rapidamente para se preparar para o seu próximo turno daquele dia. Eliana subsiste com cerca de quatro horas de sono por noite durante a semana para pode...

  • CHA celebrates Black History Month!

    CHA celebrates Black History Month!

    3/5/2019

    By Avlot Quessa , Senior Director, Multicultural Affairs & Patient Services; Co-Chair, CHA Diversity Council Diversity is at the core of CHA's mission as we celebrate the varied backgrounds of our patients, staff and visitors....

  • Can you do more than 10 push-ups?

    Can you do more than 10 push-ups?

    3/3/2019

    If you had the opportunity to play on a sports team in high school or college, hearing the phrase "drop down and do 20" most likely invites memories of long practices and coaches' motivation. Looking forward to weekend and evening...

  • Mother strives to fulfill her daughter's Olympic dreams

    Mother strives to fulfill her daughter's Olympic dreams

    2/25/2019

    The alarm buzzes at 10:30 p.m. late Monday evening and Eliana quickly moves out of bed and prepares for her next shift of the day. Eliana runs on around four hours of sleep each night during the work week in order to support her c...

  • A CHA oferece cuidados solidários a todos

    A CHA oferece cuidados solidários a todos

    2/19/2019

    A Cambridge Health Alliance atende uma das mais diversas populações de pacientes nos Estados Unidos. Quarenta e três por cento dos pacientes de cuidados primários na CHA têm conhecimentos limitados de inglês e precisam do apoio de...

  • Food rules you can live with

    Food rules you can live with

    2/17/2019

    What we eat is affected by emotions, stress, culture, money and our environment. Often strict diets and meal plans don’t work because they don’t take our real lives into account. Rebecca Toutant, dietitian, certified diabetes educ...

  • Shingles prevention and treatment

    Shingles prevention and treatment

    2/17/2019

    By John Brusch , MD, primary care physician and medical director at CHA Primary Care, Cambridge Hospital Shingles is a painful rash that is caused by Herpes Zoster, the same virus that induces the childhood illness Chickenpox. Eve...

  • Reglas de alimentación fáciles de seguir

    Reglas de alimentación fáciles de seguir

    2/16/2019

    Lo que comemos se ve afectado por las emociones, el estrés, nuestra cultura, dinero y nuestro entorno. Con frecuencia, las dietas y planes de alimentación estrictos no funcionan porque no toman en cuenta nuestras vidas reales. Reb...

  • Regras alimentares com as quais você pode viver

    Regras alimentares com as quais você pode viver

    2/16/2019

    Nossa alimentação é afetada por emoções, estresse, cultura, dinheiro e meio ambiente. Dietas e planos nutricionais rigorosos frequentemente não funcionam porque não levam em consideração a nossa vida real. Rebecca Toutant, nutrici...

  • CHA delivers compassionate care to all

    CHA delivers compassionate care to all

    2/10/2019

    Cambridge Health Alliance serves one of the most diverse patient populations in the United States. Forty-three percent of primary care patients at CHA have limited English proficiency and require the support of a medical interpret...

  • Feliz Mês da Saúde do Coração!

    Feliz Mês da Saúde do Coração!

    2/10/2019

    Por Lilian Joventino , MD, cardiologista da CHA  Em fevereiro ocorre a celebração anual do Mês da Saúde do Coração da American Heart Association. Você sabia que as doenças cardíacas são a maior causa de morte de homens e mulh...

  • Happy Heart Health Month!

    Happy Heart Health Month!

    2/3/2019

    By CHA Cardiologist Lilian Joventino , MD February is the American Heart Association's annual celebration of Heart Health Month. Did you know that heart disease is the greatest cause of death for both men and women living in the U...

  • Janeiro é o Mês de Conscientização sobre a Saúde do Colo do Útero

    Janeiro é o Mês de Conscientização sobre a Saúde do Colo do Útero

    1/24/2019

    Por Jamila Xible , Diretora Interina, Programas de Educação e Acesso à Saúde De acordo com a Sociedade Americana do Câncer, cerca de 90% de todos os casos de câncer de colo do útero são causados pelo Papilomavírus Humano (HPV), um...

  • The Chelsea Hub CHA partnership

    The Chelsea Hub CHA partnership

    1/23/2019

    In 2015, CHA Everett Hospital joined an innovative partnership spearheaded by the Chelsea Police Department that acts as a crisis intervention service for members of the community facing addiction, homelessness, mental health chal...

  • Do you have a health care proxy?

    Do you have a health care proxy?

    1/22/2019

    By Juliana Adams , MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker, CHA Elder Service Plan Designating a health care proxy (HCP) is one of the most important long-term planning steps you can take for yourself and family as you get older. An HCP...

  • January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

    January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

    1/15/2019

    By Jamila Xible , Interim Director, Health Education and Access Programs According to the American Cancer Society, close to 90% of all Cervical cancer cases are caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a common virus that is transmit...

  • Quer ficar mais saudável? Abandone a dieta.

    Quer ficar mais saudável? Abandone a dieta.

    1/13/2019

    Por Rebecca Toutant , MA, RD, LDN, CDE, cPT - Wellness Manager da CHA Bem-vindo ao novo ano! Se você é como a maioria dos norte-americanos, você pode ter decidido melhorar sua saúde e talvez mudar o que você come. Então, qual é a ...

  • Preventing the flu

    Preventing the flu

    1/9/2019

    By Lou Ann Bruno-Murtha , DO, Division Chief, CHA Infectious Diseases According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, there have been over 200 confirmed instances of influenza across the state already. Flu season in th...

  • ¿A quién veré hoy?

    ¿A quién veré hoy?

    1/6/2019

    "Ir al doctor" ya no significa lo que solía significar. En CHA, es posible que alguien de su equipo de atención de la salud no sea médico, y eso es bueno. "En un modelo tradicional de atención de la salud, los pacientes siempre ve...

  • Want better health? Ditch the diet.

    Want better health? Ditch the diet.

    1/1/2019

    By CHA Wellness Manager Rebecca Toutant , MA, RD, LDN, CDE, cPT Welcome to the New Year! If you're like most Americans, you may have resolved to improve your health and perhaps change what how you eat. So what's the best diet to t...

  • How one scary moment turned into a career

    How one scary moment turned into a career

    12/27/2018

    Cassia Silva rushed to CHA Cambridge Hospital one evening, in early 2000, with her daughter whose heart seemed to be beating right out of her body. Her child was treated in the Emergency Department where she received interpreter s...

  • Ser KIND

    Ser KIND

    12/19/2018

    Stephanie Bonilla, Esq., é advogada bolsista da Equal Justice Works, e atua na Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) com o patrocínio da Microsoft Corporation e Pfizer, Inc. A Sra. Bonilla presta um trabalho especializado em imigração in...

  • Coping with winter sadness

    Coping with winter sadness

    12/16/2018

    By Director of Geriatric Psychiatry Jason Strauss , MD Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is more than feeling tired or upset during the colder months – it is a serious health concern that folks may experience even if they do not h...

  • Lidando com a tristeza do inverno

    Lidando com a tristeza do inverno

    12/11/2018

    Psiquiatra geriátrico Jason Strauss , MD O Transtorno Afetivo Sazonal (TAS) é mais do que sentir-se cansado ou irritado durante os meses mais frios - é um problema sério de saúde que as pessoas podem apresentar mesmo que não tenha...

  • Lend an extra hand

    Lend an extra hand

    12/9/2018

    By Bill Burgey , Marketing and Enrollment Manager, Elder Service Plan The holiday season is often a time for fun family gatherings. Relatives and friends travel long distances and new memories are created with loved ones. It’s a m...

  • Como um momento assustador se transformou em uma carreira

    Como um momento assustador se transformou em uma carreira

    11/26/2018

    Cassia Silva correu para o CHA Cambridge Hospital com sua filha, em uma noite no começo dos anos 2000. O coração dela batia tão rápido que parecia querer pular para fora do corpo. Sua filha foi tratada no Departamento de Emergênci...

  • Seasonal health advice from a CHA doctor

    Seasonal health advice from a CHA doctor

    11/25/2018

    By Lisa Dobberteen , MD, Pediatrician at CHA Cambridge Family Health Gratitude. It's easy to overlook at any time but especially during the hectic holiday season when we may be distracted by material things as well as happenings i...

  • 13 healthy holiday eating tips

    13 healthy holiday eating tips

    11/18/2018

    The holiday season can be stressful for some people due to changes in routine and social occasions. These adjustments can sometimes lead to unhealthy eating habits and weight gain. Elizabeth Stanton , RD, LDN, a dietitian at Cambr...

  • Get the facts about diabetes

    Get the facts about diabetes

    11/4/2018

    By Shalini Chalana , MS, MEd, RDN, CDE When you have diabetes, it means that your blood sugar (glucose) is too high. Usually, a hormone known as insulin helps to convert food into energy, but when an individual has diabetes, the b...

  • Saiba os fatos sobre a diabetes

    Saiba os fatos sobre a diabetes

    11/3/2018

    Por Shalini Chalana , MS, MEd, RDN, CDE Se você tem diabetes, isso significa que o seu nível de açúcar no sangue (glicose) é muito alto. Geralmente, um hormônio conhecido como insulina ajuda a transformar alimentos em energia, mas...

  • Você pode estar indo ao médico, mas quem você está consultando?

    Você pode estar indo ao médico, mas quem você está consultando?

    11/1/2018

    “Em um modelo tradicional de cuidados de saúde, os pacientes consultam sempre a mesma pessoa, geralmente um médico”, diz Lora Council, MD, Médica Diretora Sênior de Cuidados Primários da CHA. “Médicos são ótimos em diagnosticar pr...

  • Helpful advice from your neighborhood Physical Therapists

    Helpful advice from your neighborhood Physical Therapists

    10/28/2018

    By Nick Wilson , Clinical Team Leader and Physical Therapist October is National Physical Therapy Month, a great opportunity to recognize the valuable contributions Physical Therapists (PTs) bring to the health and wellness team. ...

  • Are you going trick-or-treating?

    Are you going trick-or-treating?

    10/21/2018

    By Lisa Dobberteen , MD, Pediatrician at CHA Cambridge Family Health Halloween is right around the corner. It’s a fun night for youth and families to spend time together exploring neighborhoods and snacking on yummy treats! It’s a...

  • You May Be Going to the Doctor, But Who Are You Seeing?

    You May Be Going to the Doctor, But Who Are You Seeing?

    10/16/2018

    “In a traditional health care model, patients always see the same person - usually a doctor,” says Lora Council, MD, CHA’s Senior Medical Director of Primary Care. “Doctors are great at diagnosing problems and advising on treatmen...

  • Yummy baked apples

    Yummy baked apples

    10/14/2018

    By Caitlin VanDreason , RD, LDN, Chief Clinical Dietitian Apples are a great way to add more soluble fiber to your diet, which has cholesterol-lowering benefits. They are also an excellent source of vitamin C and are rich in antio...

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    10/11/2018

    By Sarah Keyes , LICSW, Victim Services Specialist, Victim Resource Center Domestic violence impacts millions of people each year, but it can be prevented. It requires the collective voice and power of individuals, families, insti...

  • Six back-to-school cyber safety tips

    Six back-to-school cyber safety tips

    10/7/2018

    By Art Ream , Chief Information Security Officer / Senior Director of Applications What unique risks are associated with our children? When a child is using the family computer, normal safeguards and security practices may not be ...

  • Four suggestions for a good night’s rest

    Four suggestions for a good night’s rest

    9/30/2018

    Alexander White , MD, chief of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine We have all been there at some point most likely, lying awake in the middle of the night unable to fall asleep. Maybe rest is being disrupted because we ar...

  • Nine tips for growing old at home

    Nine tips for growing old at home

    9/23/2018

    By Linda Vena , Occupational Therapist, Elder Service Plan, and Julie Adams , Social Worker, Elder Service Plan As older adults age and live longer, it's no secret that many choose to remain living in their own homes for as long a...

  • A story of two caring sisters

    A story of two caring sisters

    9/16/2018

    Last year, Thamar Bosse, a Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) medical interpreter, was asked to meet face-to-face with a pregnant patient, and mother of four, who needed assistance to communicate with her health care team. "I formed ...

  • Talking with your health care provider

    Talking with your health care provider

    9/9/2018

    By Jonathan Burns, MD , Medical Director, Elder Service Plan How well you and your doctor or nurse practitioner communicate with each other is one of the most important parts of getting good health care. But, talking to your healt...

  • Uma história de duas irmãs atenciosas

    Uma história de duas irmãs atenciosas

    9/4/2018

    No ano passado, Thamar Bosse, intérprete médica da Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), foi convidada a encontrar-se pessoalmente com uma paciente grávida que já tinha quatro filhos e que precisava de ajuda para se comunicar com sua e...

  • Making strides to good health

    Making strides to good health

    9/3/2018

    By Elizabeth Nuzzi , Physical Therapist, Elder Service Plan The secret to successful aging is ... exercise! Exercise not only helps to keep our bodies fit and healthy, but it also maintains our independence and is good for our ove...

  • Ser AMABLE, con KIND

    Ser AMABLE, con KIND

    8/31/2018

    Stephanie Bonilla, Esq. es una abogada asociada de Equal Justice Works para Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), patrocinado por Microsoft Corporation y Pfizer, Inc. La Sra. Bonilla trabaja específicamente con jóvenes inmigrantes relac...

  • Ready to try yoga?

    Ready to try yoga?

    8/19/2018

    Are you considering starting a yoga program to reduce everyday stress or put less pressure on your joints and muscles? Picking up a new workout routine can be daunting and yoga is no different, with nearly 100 different forms out ...

  • Educating parents and youth on the risks of vaping

    Educating parents and youth on the risks of vaping

    8/12/2018

    By Jaime Lederer , MSW, MPH, Program Supervisor, Community Health Improvement In June, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a law requiring people to be at least 21 before they can buy cigarette, tobacco or vaping products. This i...

  • Making time for lyme

    Making time for lyme

    8/5/2018

    By Lou Ann Bruno-Murtha , DO, Division Chief, CHA Infectious Disease As summer is in full swing, outdoor activities bring fun and exercise as well as tick-borne diseases, unfortunately. The most common tick-borne illness regionall...

  • Break free from the rules of dieting

    Break free from the rules of dieting

    7/29/2018

    Messages about what to eat and drink for optimal health are everywhere around us - across the internet, on television, in the subway station - and they can get pretty confusing. It seems like each and every day a new food, like eg...

  • CHA medical interpreters strengthen the community

    CHA medical interpreters strengthen the community

    7/22/2018

    Unable to speak English and new to the U.S., Milca Amado arrived at busy LaGuardia Airport in NYC more than 35 years ago. She was traveling with her uncle, who spoke limited English, and siblings from Cape Verde who spoke Portugue...

  • Let's drink to summer

    Let's drink to summer

    7/8/2018

    By Elizabeth Stanton , Registered Dietitian, Elder Service Plan As the warm weather continues, it is important to remember to stay hydrated. Older adults and those with chronic illnesses are at greater risk for dehydration due to ...

  • Stay safe on your summer hike

    Stay safe on your summer hike

    7/1/2018

    Short day hikes are an excellent way to bring friends and family together to get a little exercise and enjoy the outdoors. Leaving the cell phone, television and stresses of everyday life behind and venturing out into the wilderne...

  • Sunburn prevention for the summer

    Sunburn prevention for the summer

    6/26/2018

    Are you planning to hit the beach over the coming months to enjoy the warmer weather with friends and family? If so, CHA Family Medicine Resident Dominic Wu, MD , recently offered a breakdown of the different types of sunscreen on...

  • Check Out the Local Farmers' Market or CSA!

    Check Out the Local Farmers' Market or CSA!

    5/27/2018

    By Lisa Brukilacchio, Director of the Somerville Community Health Agenda Access to food and food insecurity are major factors associated with the social determinants of health . Cambridge Health Alliance is committed to working wi...

  • Communication Disorders in Children With Disabilities

    Communication Disorders in Children With Disabilities

    5/16/2018

    By Krista Healy, SLP; Sophie Lehar, SLP; Kseniya Naturina Fenner, SLP With 11% of children ages 3–6 having a speech, language, voice, or swallowing disorder - and almost 15% of school-age children experiencing some degree of heari...

  • Travel Checklist

    Travel Checklist

    5/4/2018

    By Occupational & Environmental Medicine Physician Albert Rielly, MD Summer is thankfully right around the corner! Did you know in the United States more than 650 million cross-country trips are made every year? Road trips are...

  • Surviving Addiction

    Surviving Addiction

    5/1/2018

    "I just lost two friends two days ago." Phil's phone cut in and out as he drove through Eastern Massachusetts to his job. He lives in the Boston area but travels to work with his father supporting the family business. "Both of my ...

  • Happy National Doctor's Day!

    Happy National Doctor's Day!

    3/27/2018

    CHA resident physicians at the annual Academic Poster Session By Kirsten Meisinger, MD, MHCDS , Medical Staff President and Regional Medical Director Each year, on March 30, National Doctors’ Day is commemorated to recognize the r...

  • Team CHA Runs the Boston Marathon!

    Team CHA Runs the Boston Marathon!

    3/25/2018

    By Beth Long, Senior Development Officer We're excited to share that Cambridge Health Alliance will once again have a team of dedicated staff members running the Boston Marathon on April 16! This year, our runners are lacing up to...

  • See, Test & Treat Saves Women's Lives

    See, Test & Treat Saves Women's Lives

    3/13/2018

    On Saturday, March 3, Cambridge Health Alliance hosted See, Test & Treat , a program that provides free health screenings for uninsured and underinsured women. Over 100 volunteers from CHA provided breast exams, mammograms, HP...

  • I Eat Well All Day But Then...

    I Eat Well All Day But Then...

    3/12/2018

    By  Rebecca Toutant , Wellness Manager Most people tell me, "I eat well all day but everything falls apart at night." It's a common scenario for many when trying to change food patterns. The day hours seem to float by without...

  • Adjusting to Daylight Saving Time

    Adjusting to Daylight Saving Time

    3/7/2018

    By Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine Physician Katherine Dudley , MD As the old adage goes, remember to Spring forward on March 11. In March we lose an hour of sleep with the onset of daylight saving time and it is not ...

  • Simple Doctor Visit Checklist

    Simple Doctor Visit Checklist

    2/27/2018

    By Family Medicine Resident’s Faiz Bayo-Awoyemi , MD, and Matthew Desir , MD A visit to the doctor’s office, whether it is your first trip, a routine checkup or a sick visit, may cause anxiety. Being prepared is one of the best wa...

  • Life-saving medications delivered to rural women in Nepal

    Life-saving medications delivered to rural women in Nepal

    2/20/2018

    Each year, the Master of Health Care Delivery Science at Dartmouth College designates a scholarship for a Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) physician leader to design and implement an Action Learning Project to complete the degree. ...

  • Take A Deep Breath – should I get screened for lung cancer?

    Take A Deep Breath – should I get screened for lung cancer?

    2/6/2018

    “I lay on my back with my hands over my head as the machine clicked around me,” said Emily. “It was a piece of cake. The whole thing took 20 minutes from changing my clothes to completing the scan.” Emily, a life-long Somerville r...

  • How do you prevent the spread of the flu?

    How do you prevent the spread of the flu?

    1/29/2018

    By Lou Ann Bruno-Murtha , DO, Division Chief, CHA Infectious Diseases According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, there have been over 2,800 confirmed instances of influenza across the state already. That’s a huge ...

  • Prescription medication – protect your kids and grandkids

    Prescription medication – protect your kids and grandkids

    1/24/2018

    By Ellie Grossman , MD Children (your kids and grandkids) aren’t going far to get high. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that thousands of children and young adults begin experimenting with p...

  • CHA Delivers Culturally Competent Care

    CHA Delivers Culturally Competent Care

    1/8/2018

    Cambridge Health Alliance serves one of the most culturally diverse patient populations in the United States. Forty-two percent of primary care patients at CHA have limited English proficiency and require the services of a profess...

  • Want better health? Ditch the diet

    Want better health? Ditch the diet

    1/3/2018

    Welcome to the New Year! If you’re like most Americans, you’ve resolved to improve your health and perhaps change what you eat. So what’s the best diet to try? The answer may surprise you. Despite all of the before and after shots...

  • Coping with Winter Sadness

    Coping with Winter Sadness

    12/19/2017

    by: Kathleen Hoey, LICSW and James Figueiredo Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is more than feeling tired or upset during the colder months – it is a serious health concern that folks may experience even if they do not have other...

  • Innovations in Care - Behavioral health staff are now part of your care team

    Innovations in Care - Behavioral health staff are now part of your care team

    11/14/2017

    The bruise on Juana’s wrist was easy to see and she didn’t try to hide it when she brought her daughter to a regular doctor’s visit. “My husband and I argued the night before and he held my hand so hard it left a huge bruise,” Jua...

  • Is it Alzheimer's or Just Old Age?

    Is it Alzheimer's or Just Old Age?

    10/11/2017

    Everyone loved Milton! He made wonderful friendships throughout his expansive life mostly because he was so thoughtful. Moving to Massachusetts for his children after his wife died in 2004 was just one example of him continuously ...

  • Coming to the United States

    Coming to the United States

    9/12/2017

    Marta Valiente, LICSW When I immigrated to the United States, I was escaping the civil war in El Salvador. That war ended in 1992 with a U.N. brokered peace. Today, El Salvador is struggling with the world’s highest murder rates. ...

  • Tiny Teeth and Oral Health

    Tiny Teeth and Oral Health

    7/21/2017

    Gabriela bustled into the WIC office surrounded by her family. She was pushing her 11-month-old baby, Brenda, in a stroller followed by her ten-year old daughter, two nieces and mother-in-law. Everyone was smiling despite the humi...

  • Pet Therapy at CHA

    Pet Therapy at CHA

    7/19/2017

    Interacting with a friendly animal has been proven to help with many ailments . Pet therapy, a guided interaction between a specifically trained animal and an individual or group, can help reduce blood pressure and improve overall...

  • Rise of Opioid Misuse Parallels Increase in Cases of Hepatitis C

    Rise of Opioid Misuse Parallels Increase in Cases of Hepatitis C

    7/14/2017

    Andrea Chisholm , MD, an OB/GYN physician at CHA and a clinical instructor of obstetrics and gynecology at Harvard Medical School, discussed the link between the misuse of opioids and the rise of hepatitis C among U.S. adults unde...

  • New CHA Policies for Referrals

    New CHA Policies for Referrals

    6/22/2017

    Someday, most of us will have a health problem we think requires specialty care or testing. As a patient, where do you start? What steps should you take and what rules you do need to follow? At CHA, we recently updated our policie...

  • CHA Women's Health in Revere Delivers

    CHA Women's Health in Revere Delivers

    6/21/2017

    Andrew was snuggled in his car seat at Carlin's feet. He quietly slept through his older brother’s endearing attempt to peak through the cotton curtain covering. Carlin, who is Andrew and Dylan's mother, gently redirected her olde...

  • New CHA Eye Center Opens in Malden

    New CHA Eye Center Opens in Malden

    6/19/2017

    People who live in the Malden area can now find expert eye care closer to home. On June 5, the beautiful new CHA Eye Center, Malden opened at 195 Canal Street. Located on the 2 nd floor of the CHA Malden Care Center, this new CHA ...

  • Are You Hungry? (and why are we asking you?)

    Are You Hungry? (and why are we asking you?)

    6/16/2017

    When you come to CHA for a primary care appointment, you might be asked some questions about food and hunger in your household. So why are we asking you these questions? Dr. Amy Smith , a CHA family medicine doctor, is leading an ...

  • Navigating the Gluten-Free Diet in College

    Navigating the Gluten-Free Diet in College

    5/12/2017

    By: Rebecca Toutant, MA, RD, LDN, CDE, cPT Spring is in the air! For some high school students, that might mean college campus tours. If you’re like me, you didn’t think about the details of college until you unpacked your dorm ro...

  • Hunger Hurts

    Hunger Hurts

    5/4/2017

    By: Amy Smith, MD, MPH For my daughter’s fourth birthday we decided to celebrate her growing capacity to be of service to others by organizing a food drive with her summer camp friends instead of receiving gifts. I made arrangemen...

  • Birds, Bees and STDs

    Birds, Bees and STDs

    4/7/2017

    By: Alexandra England , NP, CHA Cambridge Teen Health, Cambridge Ridge and Latin School Talking about the birds and the bees is far more complicated these days. While sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) aren’t usually discussed ...

  • Firefighters at Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

    Firefighters at Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

    4/6/2017

    Firefighters and other first responders are on the front lines keeping communities safe and are faced with countless dangerous environments that could cause them personal bodily harm. Combating fires markedly increases the risk of...

  • Not all Snacks are Created Equal

    Not all Snacks are Created Equal

    3/16/2017

    By Rebecca Toutant , MA, RDN, LDN, CDE, cPT  People are designed to eat every three to four hours. When you go more than four hours without eating, you tend to get overly hungry. When you get really hungry, you’re more likely...

  • Teenage Tips for Healthy Eating

    Teenage Tips for Healthy Eating

    3/15/2017

    By: Alexandra England , NP – CHA Cambridge Teen Health Center Have you noticed a sudden surge in the amount of food your child is eating? They may be about to hit puberty. Kids often get hungry right before a growth spurt , someth...

  • Ahhh, the joys of growing older

    Ahhh, the joys of growing older

    3/8/2017

    By: Louann Bruno-Murtha, DO, CHA Division Chief of Infectious Disease Growing older has its rewards and challenges. We’re wiser and we get to spoil our grandchildren, but we also face new and unexpected health issues. While it may...

  • When Kids Are More Than Shy

    When Kids Are More Than Shy

    3/7/2017

    By: Lauren Marchette , PhD, Child Psychologist and  Harvard Medical School Instructor in Psychology Lucas (not his real name) moved to Cambridge from Brazil in middle school. He loved playing soccer and was involved with his ...

  • Seeing a Surgeon?

    Seeing a Surgeon?

    3/6/2017

    By: Marissa Anderson , MD, General Surgeon So your primary care doctor wants you to see a surgeon. Before you get too anxious, here are five things you should know about going to your initial surgery appointment. A surgeon is a do...

  • Is Your Teen In An Unhealthy Relationship?

    Is Your Teen In An Unhealthy Relationship?

    2/15/2017

    By: Alexandra England, NP, Cambridge Teen Health Center It’s important for kids to be able to identify unhealthy relationships and to know what to do if they’re in one, or if they have a friend who is in one.  In most cases, ...

  • Is that pesky cough allergies or the common cold?

    Is that pesky cough allergies or the common cold?

    2/13/2017

    A cold is not always just a simple sickness and sometimes it can be very difficult to spot the difference between a cough, or sore and itchy throat and something a bit more serious. Melisa Lai Becker , MD, site chief of emergency ...

  • Do you know how to spot the signs of a concussion?

    Do you know how to spot the signs of a concussion?

    1/18/2017

    The Concussion Legacy Foundation is working with the City of Somerville to create a model community for youth sports safety. It is an important step after a study on concussion diagnoses from Blue Cross and Blue Shield shows more ...

  • Resident-led group visits at CHA Malden Family Medicine Center

    Resident-led group visits at CHA Malden Family Medicine Center

    1/13/2017

    By: Meera Sunder, MD and Randi Sokol, M D In this digitally connected world, loneliness and social isolation may seem like problems of the past. However, patients with medical conditions such as chronic pain, diabetes, obesity, hy...

  • A Healthy Recipe for Diabetics (and all Dessert Lovers)

    A Healthy Recipe for Diabetics (and all Dessert Lovers)

    12/7/2016

    If you have friends or family who are diabetic, it can be hard to find a great dessert that is suitable for your diet and incredibly scrumptious*. But you’re in luck. Our CHA staff have tried this pineapple pie recipe (courtesy of...

  • The Best Holiday Present You Can Give

    The Best Holiday Present You Can Give

    12/5/2016

    by Lisa Dobberteen, MD Pediatrician, CHA Cambridge Family Health Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School Gratitude. It’s easy to overlook at any time but especially this year. During the busy and hectic holiday s...

  • Which local hospital has a new name?

    Which local hospital has a new name?

    12/5/2016

    If you live in the metro-north region, your community hospital has a new name. On November 1, 2016 Whidden Memorial Hospital ( 103 Garland Street in Everett ) became CHA Everett Hospital. What does this means for you? Over the pas...

  • Local Mayor Recognizes CHA as Vital Community Partner

    Local Mayor Recognizes CHA as Vital Community Partner

    11/30/2016

    Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) has been an important part of the fabric of the Everett community, a small city north of Boston, since it took over operation of CHA Everett Hospital (formerly Whidden Hospital) in 2001. The hospita...

  • Worried about delicate topics at the Thanksgiving dinner table?

    Worried about delicate topics at the Thanksgiving dinner table?

    11/23/2016

    Patricia Harney , PhD, Cambridge Health Alliance’s Interim Chief of Psychology, recently penned a timely, and thoughtful essay for WBUR/Commonhealth on strategies that folks can use when addressing tricky subjects, especially poli...

  • Weight Loss Is Hard and You Need Support to Do it Right

    Weight Loss Is Hard and You Need Support to Do it Right

    11/10/2016

    By: Elisabeth Poorman, MD If you are an adult in America, more likely than not, you are trying to lose weight. Currently, 60% of Americans are trying to shed pounds, according to a new survey from the American Society for Metaboli...

  • Health Professionals Can Protect Patients’ Rights to Vote

    Health Professionals Can Protect Patients’ Rights to Vote

    11/7/2016

    Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu , MD, a first year resident in the adult psychiatry resident training program at CHA, cofounded the Social Justice Coalition at CHA, which is charged with education hospital patients on their voting right...

  • Why I Love the Cambridge Breast Center

    Why I Love the Cambridge Breast Center

    10/30/2016

    Breast cancer survivor Margery Gans shared her experiences as a patient at CHA’s Cambridge Breast Center . The center delivers a unique model of care that treats every breast lump as a medical emergency, providing open access sche...

  • Breastfeeding Saves Mothers’ Lives, Too

    Breastfeeding Saves Mothers’ Lives, Too

    10/5/2016

    Breastfeeding could protect babies and their moms from premature death and serious diseases and save the U.S. more than $4.3 billion in health care and related costs, according to a new study published online in Maternal & Chi...

  • Helping older adults maintain their health, dignity and independence

    Helping older adults maintain their health, dignity and independence

    9/15/2016

    By: Jonathan Burns, MD, Medical Director, Elder Service Plan We never know when a spouse, parent, or older relative will have a health issue that makes it difficult to maintain their independence. Sometimes the change is swift, fo...

  • New MyCHArt features

    New MyCHArt features

    9/13/2016

    By: Brian Herrick, MD, Director of Clinical Informatics Whether you are one of the 45,000 patients already using MyCHArt, or are simply interested in learning more about our secure patient portal, you’ll be happy that our 2016 upg...

  • The few things you should always do for your health

    The few things you should always do for your health

    9/13/2016

    David Elvin , MD, shares a few simple steps on how to keep you and your loved ones healthy.  Many of us spend a few minutes every day thinking about health. For me, these thoughts come and go. I ask myself things like “should...

  • A physician’s prescription for responding to the opioid epidemic

    A physician’s prescription for responding to the opioid epidemic

    9/6/2016

    Mark Albanese , MD, director of adult outpatient and addictions services at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), is a psychiatrist, educator, and scientist who advocates for evidence-based care of opioid dependence and other forms of ...

  • Healthy Eating - Pumpkin Bisque

    Healthy Eating - Pumpkin Bisque

    9/2/2016

    Need a fun new recipe for the fall? Try this pumpkin bisque . This is a great opportunity to eat healthy and use some locally grown produce. Serves: 6 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour, 45 minutes  Calories pe...

  • Looks like it’s time to go back to school!

    Looks like it’s time to go back to school!

    8/31/2016

    Before we know it the summer has come to an end and it is time to get everyone ready to go back to school. Having a routine, set bedtime, and plenty of rest are just some of the ways that families can get a head start on the new s...

  • Dietary supplements have little oversight

    Dietary supplements have little oversight

    8/19/2016

    Pieter Cohen , MD, a physician at CHA Somerville Hospital Primary Care , an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and a nationally recognized expert on dietary supplements, shared insight with Consumer Reports on their pot...

  • CHA psychiatrist helps to transform curriculum to prevent substance abuse

    CHA psychiatrist helps to transform curriculum to prevent substance abuse

    8/12/2016

    Todd Griswold , MD, an outpatient psychiatrist at CHA and director of medical student education in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, is spearheading the transformation of HMS’s curriculum in order to teach medical students bet...

  • CHA partners with community to address youth violence

    CHA partners with community to address youth violence

    8/11/2016

    Events across the country have residents and neighborhood stakeholders asking what can be done to better address violence in our communities. Cambridge Vice Mayor Marc McGovern penned an editorial in the Cambridge Chronicle discus...

  • Finding joy in the practice of medicine

    Finding joy in the practice of medicine

    8/4/2016

    Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu , MD, is a first-year resident in the adult psychiatry training program at CHA. She received her MD from the University of Virginia in the spring of 2016 and comes to CHA with a breadth of experience in m...

  • Using innovative technology to combat opioid abuse

    Using innovative technology to combat opioid abuse

    7/10/2016

    CHA is one of the first health systems in Mass. to use e-prescribing technology for controlled substances. This enables our providers to electronically send medications directly to the pharmacy and minimizes the risks of...